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Stocking Stuffers 2015: Holiday Gift Guide

To make holiday shopping easier for you this season, we've made a list of simple stocking stuffers for the skater in your life. Bearings:We love the feeling of fresh bearings. They're fast, smooth, and should to be replaced once a year. Bone Bearing Tune Up Kit:This tune up kit has bearing cleaner, bearing lube, grip tape cleaner, [...]

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Ditch the stress, we've made a holiday gift guide to make your holiday shopping a breeze. You'll get the perfect gift for the skater in your family. The Beginner:Welcome to skating! The DB Anthem longboard is a carefree way to learn the basics of skating on one of the most popular deck shapes. Once you've [...]

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DIY: How To Properly Fit Your Helmet

The Triple 8 Brainsaver Royal Blue Helmet The helmet is arguably the most important piece of gear you can wear. To make sure it fully protects your noggin, follow these easy fitting tips. You'll need:-string-marker -tape measure Wrap the string around your head, 2 finger widths above the eyebrows. Mark where the string overlaps. Measure the length of [...]

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Keep It Clean: How To Wash Your Protective Gear

When you skate, you sweat blood and tears into your protective gear. When was the last time you washed them?....ew.After a long skate session, protective gear is damp with sweat and, occasionally, blood. Tossing them into a skate bag, trunk, or other dark areas provides a breeding ground for bacteria. This includes doubling up your gear. [...]

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DIY: How To Pick Wheel Size

Hawgs Micro Monster 63mm 80a White WheelsStart off with your truck size. If you don't know what size you need, read our article here.The general rule for wheels is as follows: - 150mm or 9" Truck = 65mm and down - 180mm, 10", and Up Truck = 65mm and up Venom Cannibals 76mm 78a White Red WheelsDeck [...]

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Choose Your Mount: Top Mount VS Drop Through

Madrid Tailored Riot (Left) and the Madrid Elephant (Right)Longboards comes in two different mounting options: top mount and drop through. This is determined by how the truck is attached. Both options have pros and cons to their design. If a board is top mounted, the trucks are attached directly to the bottom of the deck. This gives [...]

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Trucks: Reverse Kingpin vs Standard Kingpin

The two most common styles of truck are "reverse" and "standard". Both designs offer different characteristics that change the feel of a board. These are easily told apart by looking at the kingpin (the bolt that holds the bushings).The Sector 9 Static Reverse Kingpin:These trucks have the kingpin sitting though the hanger. They are used for [...]

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Wheel Durometer: What Is It?

The Sector 9 65mm 80a Butterballs Durometer is the measurement of how soft or hard a wheel or bushing is. All wheels are placed on a scale ranging from 75a to 101a. The lower the number, the softer the material. The higher the number, the harder it is.Softer wheels are 75a - 78a. These roll slower, [...]

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DIY: How To Find The Right Truck Size

Trucks control the turn radius of your deck. Ideally, trucks should be the same width of your deck. Setting up a complete with trucks that are too small will feel unbalanced. Building with trucks that are too large will feel unresponsive. Generally, 150mm trucks are used for cruising, slalom and carving. 180mm trucks are used [...]

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DIY: How To Apply Grip Tape

To remove the old grip tape, slip a flat edge or razor under the tape and pull#1 Use a piece of old grip tape or sand paper and scratch the top of your deck. This will help the grip tape sick. Brush off any dust or dirt.#2Check the length of the grip tape to make [...]

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